STEPHENVILLE – The layout of Tarleton’s inaugural Division I women’s basketball season continues to evolve, as the Texans announced a trio of schedule changes on Tuesday.
Tarleton has added a game against UTRGV on Wednesday, postponed its scheduled home series vs. Utah Valley on Friday and Saturday and will now face Grand Canyon in Phoenix on Feb. 1-2.
Wednesday’s contest against the Vaqueros will tip off at 1 p.m. at the UTRGV Fieldhouse in Edinburg and count as a nonconference affair. The game pits the teams against one another for the first time in either program’s history and is the first of three scheduled meetings this season. Tarleton is slated to conclude its inaugural Division I campaign and Western Athletic Conference play vs. the Vaqueros on March 5-6 in Stephenville.
The Utah Valley postponement came as a result of COVID-19 developments within the Wolverines’ program. The games can be made up if the teams’ schedules align at a later date. WAC officials previously indicated teams can reschedule conference games if they share a common off week or if the host facility is available at an earlier date.
“First and foremost, our thoughts are with UVU as we know firsthand how hard those team quarantines can be,” head coach Misty Wilson said. “Our thought process in scheduling UTRGV is that we don’t want to go a full week not playing a game, especially having four games the following week.
“Everyone in our conference needs games and we are happy to help conference members get those. It’s a win-win for both teams.”
Tarleton and GCU were first set to meet on Jan. 8-9 but postponed the games due to positive COVID-19 cases within the Texan program. The WAC then announced the games would be made up on Feb. 9-10 during the Lopes’ conference bye week. Wilson and GCU head coach Molly Miller agreed to move the game dates a week earlier to align with Tarleton’s off week. The Lopes (9-2, 1-1 WAC) have seen two of their conference series postponed or canceled due to WAC or NCAA COVID-19 protocols.
The rescheduled games between Tarleton and GCU will both tip off at 7 p.m. CT.
Tarleton’s conference games against the Vaqueros are now its lone remaining home contests that are currently scheduled. The Texans (3-10, 0-4) lost a home series against Dixie State that was scheduled for Feb. 19-20 following the Trailblazers’ decision to cancel the remainder of their women’s basketball season on Jan. 5. Tarleton will play nine straight games away from home prior to its season-ending series with UTRGV if no additional home games are added to its schedule.
The Vaqueros have had three consecutive conference series postponed. UTRGV (4-4, 0-0 WAC) has played just two games since Dec. 19 and seen 11 of its originally scheduled games postponed or cancelled.
Wednesday’s matchup will air on the WAC Digital network. The live video feed can be accessed free of charge at WACDigitalNetwork.com. Single-game tickets are not available for purchase. Attendance inside the UTRGV Fieldhouse is capped at 255 fans comprised of UTRGV students, season-ticket holders, corporate partners and families of student athletes and coaches.
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